Thursday, 29 October 2015

Jabong Super Style Fest!

 

   Jabong brightens up Diwali with chance to win iPhones, iPads, DSLRs, TVs, international holidays and more.

   India’s leading online fashion e-retailer expects festive sales to double this season.
 
   New Delhi, Oct. 26, 2015: This Diwali, India’s leading online fashion retailer Jabong is giving away Apple iPhones, iPads, TV sets and DSLRs among a host of other prizes during the Jabong Super Style Fest, slated from October 27 to November 8, 2015. 
   Elaborating on offers this Diwali, Jabong’s Interim CEO and Group CFO of Global Fashion Group, Mr. Nils Chrestin, said, “Besides a whole lot of deals on our super-stylish apparel, footwear, jewellery and accessories, Jabong is making this Diwali special by giving its customers a chance to win a plethora of amazing daily and weekly prizes ranging from travel vouchers to attractive cash backs, as well as a chance to win iPhones, iPads, television set and DSLR cameras. As grand prize, Jabong is also offering five lucky couples international holiday packages.”
   On November 9, Jabong ( http://www.jabong.com ) is also planning a big bang on Dhanteras by giving away 101 prizes to mark the auspicious number in Indian tradition. The Jabong Super Style Fest will be supported with a 360-degree marketing campaign, and the fashion e-retailer expects sales to double this Diwali.
   “Our Diwali fest also comes at an opportune time when our Indian consumers enter the holiday and the wedding season. So we have also launched our Formals store, where buyers can choose from a wide variety of latest trends, styles and ways to wear formals across occasions. Our chic and trendy collections cater to all age groups,” Mr Chrestin added.
   During the Durga Puja festivities, Jabong registered a jump of 150% in its ethnic and casual wear categories in eastern India. Earlier, Jabong witnessed a 300% surge in sales within a month of launching British high-street fashion brands TOPSHOP and TOPMAN. Its latest Autumn Winter collection of Alia Bhatt for Jabong has also witnessed a phenomenal success in recent months. Recently, between October 22 and October 24, Jabong also brought back its Super Weekend, which offered customers its Bestseller inventory of international labels like Vero Moda, ONLY and Jack & Jones from 15000 product catalogues and over three lakh pieces.

   About Jabong:
   Jabong is one of the five fashion eCommerce companies operating within Global Fashion Group (GFG), the world’s leading fashion group for emerging markets that operates in 28 countries. As India’s leading online fashion destination, Jabong is a one-stop shop that offers footwear, apparel, jewellery and accessories to meet the fashion needs of the style conscious men, women and kids. From home grown to exclusive international brands to designer labels, Jabong brings to its customers the latest trends across the globe. Jabong has launched several leading global fashion brands in the Indian market including TOPSHOP, TOPMAN, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, River Island, Sisters' Point, Burton, G Star Raw, Miss Bennett London, Tom Tailor and Bugatti Shoes. Jabong offers prompt and efficient customer service through innovative features like Favshop, Shop the Look and Ask a Friend apart from services like express delivery, 15-days return policy, and open box delivery. Its “Be You” ad campaign highlights individuality and emphasizes the freedom to be a leader and follow own sense of style. Jabong was voted as the leading consumer brand among all online fashion retailers in India according to a July 2015 report by Nielsen.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

 
Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

   Za, a brand from the house of Shiseido, was introduced in India around a year and a half back, and has made quite a big impact and gained a loyal customer base in this small time period. Its products are made keeping the needs of the metropolitan women in mind, and include skincare as well as cosmetic products. Reviewing a product from their first launched skincare range in India, the Za True White Cleansing Foam below. Do have a read to know about my experience of using the same.

   Product Claims: This whitening cleansing foam removes melanin contained excess surface skin cells and imparts moisturized translucent skin.
   Actions - 
  • Cleansing granules roll gently over skin to remove excess surface skin cells and impurities around pores - Vitamin C granules. 
  •  Moisturizes skin and imparts smooth and translucent skin - SPA ingredients (Natural spring water in Tuscany, Italy, loaded with a variety of minerals).
  • Removes light makeup.
   Results - Leaves the skin feeling refreshed. Imparts luminous, translucent and moisturized skin.
   Product texture - Rich foam gently covers the skin.
 
Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

   Price: Rs. 199/-
   Volume: 50 g.
   Shelf Life: Not mentioned.
   Directions: Squeeze a small amount onto palm and work into lather using cool or lukewarm water. Gently massage over face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.
   Ingredients: 
Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

   Also available in a 100 g tube for Rs. 349/-

   The Za True White Cleansing Foam comes as a collapsible white colored tube with a screw cap. It is pretty to look at, compact and travel friendly. Its screw cap is sturdy and prevents leakage of the product. The tube is printed in pink with the name of the product on its front and the product claims, directions of usage, ingredients and more on the back.
   The foam has a good thick consistency, and is white in color. It has tiny colored Vitamin C granules interspersed in its formulation. The foam has a pleasant scent to it, although a very mild one. A small quantity of the foam when mixed with water gives rise to abundant amount of lather, helping perfectly cleanse the face of accumulated oil, dirt and light makeup. It is easy to rinse off and does not leave a creamy residue on the face after doing so. It works pretty well on my combination type skin, but sometimes leaves dry patches of skin over my cheeks and around my mouth, making the use of a moisturizer mandatory after its usage for better hydration and protection. It also keeps my skin oil free for hours and reduces the occurrence of acne eruptions. It makes the facial skin feel fresh and provides it with an instant glow, and over a period of time makes the complexion more uniform.
   It is available through many online as well as offline portals. Though it is costlier than many face washes available in the market (Something which might prevent a few from trying this product), a single tube lasts for quite long as only a small quantity of the foam is sufficient for usage, making the Za True White Cleansing Foam a good buy.
 
Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

   Pros:
- Attractive, compact and travel friendly packaging.
- A pleasant, mild fragrance.
- Thick, foamy consistency.
- Small quantity gives desired results.
- Lathers abundantly.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Does not leave a creamy residue on skin.
- Cleanses the face well.
- Gets rid of oil, dirt and makeup.
- Gives a fresh feel to the skin.
- Over time, helps in giving a glowing, radiant complexion..
- Keeps face oil free for hours.
- Prevents appearance of acne.
- Ease of availability.

   Cons:
- Not moisturizing enough, specially for those with dry skin. 
- Few may find the price a bit high.
 
Product Review - Za True White Cleansing Foam

   Verdict: 4.25/5. A must try face wash for those looking for oil free, radiant and glowing skin, especially suited for those with oily to combination skin type.

Monday, 19 October 2015

#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet


#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

   On 10th October, 2015 I attended my first ever women's only IndiBlogger meet which was held in collaboration with Dabur Vatika at DJ Hall, Mumbai. All us female bloggers were sent an email by IndiBlogger, informing us about the meet and leading us to their registration page. I knew I was definitely going to attend this meet as it was surely going to be about hair-care, something which suits the purpose of my blog and also because I knew that many of my blogger friends and acquaintances were going to attend it, so why miss the chance of meeting old friends and getting a chance to make new ones! 
   A day before the meet, we received yet another email from the IndiBlogger team, informing us about two twitter contest that they had organized for us, which added to our excitement. The first one required us to post a picture of how our hair looked like at the end of a typical friday, frizzy or otherwise while we had to post a picture wearing anything green in color for the second one. The winners for the same were announced during the meet itself, and though I had participated in both these contests enthusiastically, I didn't end up winning either of these.. Makes a sad face! :( We were gives a heads up for the event contest wherein the person with the best hairstyle would be gratified. Also, we were given the color "Green" as a theme and asked to try to wear the same for the event. 
   The meet was stated to start at 11:30 am and me being a chronic late comer, entered the event at around 12:20 pm. I quickly registered myself at the registration desk and proceeded to enjoy the songs being played by the IndiBand, Blunder in the Code, who had already started their performance by then, making the audience sway to the tunes and headbang when the music demanded! I have to admit that, for a second I thought I entered the wrong venue as I was under the impression of the meet being an only women's event and spotting the formals clad management students of NMIMS at the venue confused me a bit!


#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

   Soon after the band performance ended, all us bloggers settled into the elegant seating that was arranged for us and that is when the actual event started. Our emcee gave us a warm welcome, and then started a quick introduction session of a few of us fellow bloggers, after which Mr. Rajat Nanda and Mr. Rakesh Tehliani from Dabur Vatika was called upon to give us a quick insight into the brand through the medium of a short and sweet power-point presentation and a quick video, followed by the the product unveiling of the Dabur Vatika Jasmine Non Sticky Coconut Hair Oil for frizz control. Really loved the fact that how the screen in the background gave way to reveal a huge bottle of the hair oil and how the entire hall was magically made to smell of the sweet fragrance of Jasmine! What followed next was a scientific session wherein we were made to understand the exact meaning of the word "Frizz", its causes and how the new Dabur Vatika Jasmine No Sticky Hair Oil helps to keep our mane frizz free. Throughout the meet, servings of delicious starters and coolers made sure that we were kept well fed and hydrated!

#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

   Coming to the topic of "Frizz", we came to know that isn't actually a word which can be applied to a single quality of hair, but it is rather a complex mix of unmanageable, dry, rough and messy hair. It can be defined as a state of complete hair fiber misalignment. It can be due of either of - Low humidity, high humidity or hair damage. The Dabur Vatika Jasmine Non Sticky Coconut Hair Oil prevents as well as treats frizzy hair by providing surface lubrication, damage control, surface coating and extra protection all the while giving a fresh feeling to hair.

#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

   Following this much informative session on hair-care, we were treated to a very interesting and unusual game, named as "Best Friends Forever" which consisted of a game of rock, papers and scissors in which the winner was supposed to mess up the hair of their losing opponent and pass on to the next round, until there was just one person remaining! Even though I lost in the first round itself, it sure was fun watching people mess up each other's hair! Many interjected that rather than making friends, this was a sure way to lose one, considering how obsessed we usually are about our mane! But we were told to not worry about our hair, as the Dabur Vatika team had set up a special "Champi Station" for a relaxing head massage followed by head wash and quick hair styling for us ladies which we could experience at the end of the meet.
   Next, was an interactive session with our emcee asking us about the remedies that we used to keep our hair frizz free. Many bloggers shared their secret of beautiful, manageable, frizz free hair. Some of them being:
- Refraining from getting chemical hair treatments and frequent hair styling.
- Oiling of hair followed by tying a hot water towel on head for a few minutes.
- Using apple cider vinegar on hair for an improved texture.
- Applying a hair pack of mayonnaise, olive oil and vitamin E capsules for an hour and washing it thereafter.
- Using beer as a conditioner for better shine and texture.
- Apply yogurt on hair, for those avoiding eggs.
- On a lighter note, prevent stress by not getting married or having children!
 
#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

   And, with that the event concluded, with the IndiBlogger team giving us our goodie bags after which off we went to get our hair pampered at the "Champi Station" (Had to skip this part due to time constraint) and a scrumptious lunch consisting of salads, pizza, pastas, Indian delicacies consisting of dum aalu, a paneer gravy, dal, dahi vade, naan and rotis, rice and more and not to forget the mouth watering desserts consisting of two delicious varieties of ice cream, ras malai and blueberry cheesecakes.
   To sum it up, I can say that I loved every moment of attending my first ever women's only (Well atleast the bloggers were all women!!) IndiBlogger meet. Loved interacting with my blogger buddies, a few whom I met after a long time and also with those whom I met for the first time here. This short and sweet event was filled with fun, conversations amongst like minded people, gaining knowledge about hair issues that trouble us all and creating memories to be cherished for a lifetime!

#FrizzFreeHair Vatika Women's IndiBlogger Meet

Monday, 12 October 2015

Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221


Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

   The Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels need no introduction. Since the time they were first launched till now, when many more enamels have been released under the 'Color Show' label, they have gained a major fan following, so much so there might not be many fashion conscious girls who wouldn't have heard/used one of these nail enamels. Reviewing the shade - Buried Treasure #221 today, one of the many ravishing shades amongst the initial releases.

   Product Claims: Make a bold style statement with Maybelline New York's Color Show nail color range.
With trendy, super stylish shades, these nail colors add oodles of attitude to your overall look. 
Presenting 40 attractive shades, the Maybelline Color Show Range let’s you mix, match and experiment with color!
Here’s why you’ll love it:
- Nail colors have a gel-based formula for increased staying power.
- Is chip-resistant and comes with an easy-flow brush.
- Available in 40 different shades.
 
Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

   Price: Rs. 75/-
   Volume: 6 ml.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: With one sweep, paint the first line of nail polish up the centre of your nail starting from the base to the tip. For the cleanest look, be sure to leave a small space at the base of the nail. Then apply color to the rest of the nail.
 
Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

   The Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels come as cylindrical, transparent glass bottles with a black colored screw cap which is engraved with the shade name and number. These bottles are attractive, compact, sturdy, travel friendly and have become the signature for all the enamels which have been released under the 'Color Show' label. The screw caps are provided with a brush attached on its underside. These brushes are soft and pliable, and help in easy application of the enamel.
   The shade Buried Treasure consists of a taupe base with the minutest hint of lavender undertones with gold particulates interspersed in it.
   The enamel formula has a perfect liquid consistency, neither too runny nor clumpy. Though a single coat gives a good amount of color, two coats are necessary to make the nails appear opaque. The enamel dries quickly after application to give a smooth, shiny finish without streaking of the color. While their availability in a wide range of shades makes them perfect to mix and match with the rest of your ensemble, their poor staying power lets them down. The enamel stays only for a day or two on my nails when applied singly without the use of a base or a top coat before it starts chipping. On the plus side, the formula is easy to remove and does not stain the nails while doing so.
   Ease of availability across the nation and a consumer friendly buying price makes them a hit amongst the users!
 
Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221

   Pros:
- Available in pretty, sturdy and attractive cylindrical glass containers. 
- The brushes help in easy application. 
- The enamel has a good liquid consistency. 
- Quick dry formula.
- Gives a smooth, shiny finish.
- Two coats give an opaque finish. 
- Color does not streak.
- Does not stain the nails. 
- Easy to remove.
- Available in a wide range of shades.
- Priced to be easy on the pocket. 
- Easy availability across the nation. 

   Cons:
- Poor staying power.

   Verdict: 3.75/5. A good buy considering the vast range of shades available and the price, especially for those who love to mix and match their nail colors to their outfits, flaunting a new shade every single day.
 
Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamels - Buried Treasure #221